Imperial College London People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 0
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 30
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 75
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 5
6. Workers Rights 10
7. Sustainable Food 40
8. Staff and Student Engagement 10
9. Education for Sustainable Development 0
10. Energy Sources 17.5
11. Waste and Recycling 25
12. Carbon Reduction 12.5
13. Water Reduction 0

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

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The full methodology for this section can be found here.

We looked at Imperial College London's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here if we found one:

www.imperial.ac.uk/estates-facilities/sustainability/environmental-policy/

We wanted to see that the policy wasn't just sitting in a dusty desktop year after year and we needed to know that the policy meant something to staff, students and decision makers at the university. So to score 50% here, the policy needed to have been published within the last 5 years and demonstrate that it was reviewed regularly by someone sitting in a senior position at the university (because if the university is failing to uphold their policy, then someone should know about it ..... and be able to do something about it).

1) Imperial College London scored: 0 / 50% for their environmental policy

Next we looked at whether the policy was accompanied with a plan for action or Sustainability Strategy, you can read it here if we one found one:

www.imperial.ac.uk/estates-facilities/sustainability/environmental-policy/reducing-waste/

The university could only score 50% if they had set SMART targets in all 8 of key areas below, and if we could see that the strategy had been reviewed in the last 5 years, (much like the environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date:

  • Construction & Refurbishment
  • Emissions & Discharges
  • Community involvement
  • Biodiversity
  • Waste management
  • Travel and Transport
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Water

We found that Imperial College London is working towards targets in the following areas:

Waste management and Water

Therefore...

2) Imperial College London scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

30% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

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The full methodology for how we score this section here.

Having a policy on environment and ethics is a good start - working out how to meet the policy with a strategy is a great start - next we wanted to see how well Imperial College London resource their policy and strategy. You can't meet your targets without dedicated staff to do all the hard work!

We looked to see whether environmental sustainability if someone in the university senior management team has responsibility for sustainability. It really helps when climate and social justice issues are the responsibility of someone who can make decisions about how the action can be resourced. If we found that someone, you can read about them here: www.imperial.ac.uk/estates-facilities/sustainability/environmental-policy/

1) Imperial College London scored 20/20% for senior responsibility for sustainability

We also wanted to see how many staff were currently employed to work on sustainability issues, and whether students and staff could find them easily online and contact them. We thought the number of sustainability staff should also be shown in relation to the number of staff and students at the university.

Imperial College London has 12280 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 1 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Imperial College London - we looked for the following info:

  • job title / role
  • contact info
  • specific area of sustainability

If we found that information, here's the link: www.imperial.ac.uk/estates-facilities/sustainability/

2) Imperial College London scored 10/55% for numbers of sustainability staff

Once a university has employed staff, it can be hard for them to do their job without money available. People & Planet looked for evidence that the sustainability strategy was resourced with a budget and that costs were included as part of the commitment.

3) Imperial College London scored 0/10% for evidence of a budget to fund the sustainability strategy.

It isn't just the job of sustainability staff ... the whole university community is key to the culture of sustainable development, and when properly supported, they can make all the difference!
We looked at whether the university supported a staff engagement scheme (like Eco-Champions or inter-departmental green team competitions) to engage all staff across the university in environmental and ethical practice through training, workshops and projects.

4) Imperial College London scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

75% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

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The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well Imperial College London manages and audit their environmental performance and progress. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it!

Imperial College London is accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS). It scored 75/100% for the level and coverage of its EMS.

P.S We know this all sounds very technical ... find out more about Environmental Management Systems

0% Section 4. Ethical Investment

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Investments in the fossil fuel industry or arms trade can be contradictory to an institutions broader sustainability aims and goals. A strong ethical investment policy ensures an institution’s investments and banking practices are conducted transparently and in an economically-viable, socially-responsible manner.

1a) Imperial College London scored 0/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: (N/A)

1b) and  0/60% for including specifics within the policy, including: (N/A)

2) Imperial College London scored 0/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: (N/A)

3) 0/20% for making a public announcement that it won't invest in fossil fuels and or arms, and if they have, you'll find it here: (N/A)

When looking at our Fossil Free university campaign aims, here's Imperial College London's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: Imperial College London

Investments

£8,743,456
Invested in fossil fuels. Including:
  • £646,641 ConocoPhillips
  • £642,420 Glencore
  • £580,580 Shell
That’s 1.9% of total endowment fund of £455,000,000
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

£17,370,438 Research funding from fossil fuel industry, including: BP, Shell

£1,617,471 Public-funded research into fossil fuel industry.

£68,847,215 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

£23,987,851
received in donations from fossil fuel industry 2009-2014 including Shell, BP, Statoil, Total.
Honorary degrees awarded to: Ann Dowling, Non-Executive Director of BP (2012-present). Lord John Browne, Chief Exectuve of BP (1998-2007).

Banking

NatWest £Money in bank ATMs on campus
Citizens £Money in bank
Lloyds £Money in bank
ICBC £Money in bank
Barclays £Money in bank
Nationwide £Money in bank
Clydesdale £Money in bank
Close Brothers £Money in bank
Santander ATMs on campus Branches on campus

5% Section 5. Carbon Management

5%How well is Imperial College London managing its carbon emissions?

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As it's a funding requirement, there aren't many universities that don't have a plan for managing and reducing carbon emissions, here's what we found: www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/administration-and-support-services/estates-facilities/public/sustainability/Carbon-Management-Sustainability-Activities-2016-Update.pdf

1) Imperial College London scored 0/25% for having a publicly available carbon management plan that meets set standards

Jargon buster: the following are examples of greenhouse gas emissions called 'scope 3' emissions: business travel, student and staff commute travel, student end of term travel home, supply chain (stuff the university buys) and waste (i.e. rubbish).

2a) 0/5% for including scope 3 emissions within the university Carbon Management Plan.

2b) 5/5% for reporting the university's scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

In the most recent year, Imperial College London reported emissions from: waste and supply chain to HESA.

It's important that universities aren't forgetting their halls of residences or other student and staff accommodation when thinking about carbon emissions. If we found info on this, it will be here: (N/A)

2c) Imperial College London scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) Imperial College London scored 0/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: (N/A).

Imperial College London  scored 0/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including (N/A).

10% Section 6. Workers Rights

10%Is Imperial College London behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) Imperial College London scores 0/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) Imperial College London scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

3) Imperial College London scores 10/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

4) Imperial College London scores 0/20% for improving workers rights in an area of the university supply chain other than electronics

40% Section 7. Sustainable Food

40%How sustainable is the food and catering at Imperial College London?

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1) Imperial College London scores 0/10% for having a publicly available sustainable food policy meeting set standards

If we found one, it should be here: workspace.imperial.ac.uk/eatinganddrinking/Public/Sustainable%20Food%20Policy%202015.pdf

2) Imperial College London scores 20/50% for continual improvement in sustainable food across the university catering outlets and conference services through a sustainable food framework and for the level reached on that framework OR for sustainable food activities

3) Imperial College London scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) Imperial College London scores 0/5% for being certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standards - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate

4b) Imperial College London scores 0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) Imperial College London scores 0/5% for providing free access to drinking water across the university and for highlighting where this can be found on the university website (here if we found it): www.imperial.ac.uk/food-and-drink/about-us/sustainability/

5) Imperial College London scores 15/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

If they are, you can find out more here: (N/A)

10% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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How well is Imperial College London engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) Imperial College London scores 10/60% for having a strategy in place for student and staff engagement that includes a framework to track progress against smart targets and for including the following engagement actions:

b sustainability policy and strategy and e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community

  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing monitoring of the university Carbon Management Plan.
  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing monitoring of the university environment or sustainability policy / plan / strategy.
  • Engagement opportunities for sustainability are a component of student induction processes.
  • University actively supports an annual Go Green Week or environment / sustainability week.
  • The university runs environmental sustainability campaigns that reach all students and staff.
  • Availability of university funds and / or resources /support for student or staff-led practical sustainability projects

2) Imperial College London scores 0/10% for evidence that the university sustainability policy is included in staff inductions, and if it is, you can see more here: (N/A)

3) Imperial College London scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

4) Imperial College London scores 0/10% for student representation on university committees concerned with estates, planning, finance and strategic decision making. 

5) Imperial College London scores 0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

0% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

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How well is Imperial College London including sustainability in its education?

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1) Imperial College London scores 0/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) Imperial College London scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

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3) Imperial College London scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Imperial College London scores 0/10% for evidence of student coursework linked to sustainability projects to improve the environmental manegement of the university (often called the Living Lab)

5) 0/10% for supporting or highlighting School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainability, including the pedgagogy of sustainability

17.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

17.5%Where does Imperial College London get its energy from?

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1) Imperial College London scores 0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

2) Imperial College London scores 17.5/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

3) Imperial College London scores 0.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

25% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

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How does Imperial College London perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) Imperial College London scores 12.5/50% for recycling 43.93% of its waste.

2) Imperial College London scores 12.5/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

12.5% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

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How well is Imperial College London reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 0.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 12.5/50% for achieving a 8.99% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

0% Section 13. Water Reduction

0%How responsibly is Imperial College London using water?

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1) 0.0/67% for its use of water per head (staff and students) compared to other universities

2) 0.0/33% for use of grey water (like rain water harvesting)

---Below is the text your uni submitted last year. It might not still be relevant/true/up to date, and is only included here for your convenience. It is your responsibility to edit/remove/update it for an accurate submission this year. Please also delete this note.--- Warp-It In autumn 2012 Imperial College joined Warp-It – the Waste Action Resource Portal. The College undergoes a lot of churn, as research groups expand, contract and move on. As research priorities change so the use of space changes - this results in a lot of good quality furniture and equipment becoming surplus. In common with most universities, Imperial is short of space and therefore cannot afford to create storage until a use can be found for these surplus resources. When we heard about Warp-It we realised that it could provide a solution to these problems. Warp-It allows staff to upload a photo and description of spare equipment. Staff can sign up for general or specific alerts, to let them know if something they are looking for is advertised. So far 250 staff and students have signed up. The College has a significant presence at St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals – all are part of Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust. In order to ensure the widest take up of the project we are partnering with the NHS at these campuses. Our first success was to have some chairs which were no longer required within College claimed on Warp It and reused in an NHS ward. We are starting to develop a network local to the College and have encouraged the Natural History Museum to sign up – we’re looking to expand the network to the other museums. In addition, working with Warp It we will be taking on an intern, shared with the NHS, to promote the project, helping us to promote the project and providing valuable work experience for a student.

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